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Originally posted by mangiare:
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Originally posted by BOMBA503:
1988 Sassicaia

A friend showed up at our Friday spot with 1/3 of the bottle left after dinner. How they didn't finish it was beyond me but I'm grateful they didn't. It was surprisingly youthful. The fruit was alive and well. Had a nice touch of mint to it as well. This wine has a long life ahead of it. Not surprised it's considered among the best if not the best they ever produced.


Are you referring to the '85 or '88?


While the 85 is generally regarded as the best, my friend who spends a couple weeks in Tuscany, Piedmonte etc every year for the 15 years or so has found that many people there prefer the 88. That's why he hunted some down
'99 usseglio mon aieul with dinner. Good, not great. Wonderful sweetness balanced with moderate tannic acidity. Well proportioned, nice barnyard sauvage component, but not up to the '99 donjon i had a year ago under similar circumstances. Not nearly as good as the '00 or the '01, but still a beautiful wine with lamb. Glad i have more,and that expectations are now adjusted accordingly. Dont see them lasting much longer.
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Originally posted by Beta P:
1999 Calera Jensen

BetaP, how did this show?


Disappointing. It gave little on the nose at first; an hour later, it started to emerge, then by the time of dinner ( approx. 2 hours), it was good, but not up to expectations. In my experience, it should have showed better right out of the bottle. I scored it 87. Hopefully, it is bottle variation as I have another.

3 years ago, we opened a bottle of '80 Jensen and it was stellar, exceeding expectations, consensus 90+. Calera pinots generally age very well.

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